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Birdchick Blog: Wild Birds Unlimited's Wildlife Blend Recalled In Some States

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wild Birds Unlimited's Wildlife Blend Recalled In Some States

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Food and Drug Protection Division issued a statement that Burkmann Feeds is voluntarily recalling a seed blend that they make for Wild Birds Unlimited called Wildlife Blend, due to concerns over deaths of wild birds due to salmonella.

The bags carry the manufacturing date code of 81132200291608124.

You can read more at MSNBC and Wild Birds Unlimited has issued a press release.

“Wild Birds Unlimited is committed to keeping everyone safe and informed about issues that may affect the hobby of bird feeding,” said Jim Carpenter, founder and president of Wild Birds Unlimited. “People’s safety and the health of wildlife are our primary concern.”

The press release went on to say that initial tests have established no correlation between any bird deaths and the recalled food; a different strain of Salmonella was found in deceased birds in North Carolina than what was detected in the recalled food.

Customers who purchased WBU Wildlife Blend or WBU Woodpecker Blend are advised to contact their local Wild Birds Unlimited to determine if their product was manufactured by Burkmann Feeds and is part of this recall. Recalled products should be discarded. Consumers are also advised to avoid touching unsealed product and to wash their hands thoroughly after touching any unsealed product. A full replacement, credit or refund for these recalled Burkmann Feeds products will be made available at the store of purchase.

You can read the full press release here.

This is also a good reminder to keep your bird feeding area clean, especially with the influx of large flocks of pine siskins and common redpolls. Dirty feeders do more damage to birds than not putting any food out at all.



Blogger donaldthebirder said...

I was wondering about a connection, found out that this blend contains peanuts - what I thought. Here is a local news link from NC

I wish I was still at the university. It would be interesting to test different bird feeds from many local retailers for Salmonella contamination. It would be nice to know if the bird feed itself is a contributing factor to increasing Salmonella at the feeders.

For college students, would make a nice microbiology project.

3/12/2009 8:29 AM  
Blogger birdchick said...

It's interesting that the strain that has been found to be lethally affecting the finches is different than the strain in the mix.

3/12/2009 9:51 AM  
Blogger donaldthebirder said...

I figured that to be the case. I wonder if the strain is the same in the Pine Siskins as is the woodpeckers and cardinals etc.

3/12/2009 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Cat said...

It is so hard to get the story straight. Here is another article where they trace the deaths to the peanut salmonella|Community|Sports|Lifestyles/story/29165/birdseed-recall


3/16/2009 4:07 PM  

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